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Dietetics is the science and art of applying the principles of food and nutrition to health — a field for those with inquisitive minds who enjoy science as much as they do people. Registered dietitians help others learn about food, nutrition and lifestyle choices to keep them healthy. The course work is challenging, and the career possibilities are exciting and numerous. The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics' curriculum provides a broad and balanced foundation in all of the core areas of dietetics.
Dietetics Program Highlights
- Program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Development of culinary skills, as well as the knowledge of how to alter foods and meal patterns for health promotion and disease prevention and treatment.
- Extensive training in the development and delivery of nutrition information to the public.
- Numerous field-based learning experiences built into the curriculum in a variety of settings: health care; community and social service agencies; foodservice establishments.
- Opportunities for leadership skills development and service-learning.
Neta discusses how Fontbonne’s program opened her eyes to the variety of career possibilities with a degree in dietetics.
In-Field Learning Experiences
- In the spring of the junior year and the fall of the senior year, students gain experience in a medical center by shadowing their clinical instructor.
- Students complete community nutrition education in schools and/or social service agencies such as homeless shelters and food banks.
- The application of principles and practices in management occurs in foodservice establishments in the St. Louis or Illinois metro areas.
Fontbonne University's Dietetics Graduate Successes
- Graduates work as clinical dietitians at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters, DePaul Health Center, and Laclede Groves Senior Services Community.
- Our students interested in working in wellness and health promotion find careers in community nutrition education and work for public health clinics (e.g, Betty Jean Kerr Peoples Health Center), community nutrition education centers (e.g., BJC School Outreach, Maplewood-Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center Seed to Table Program) and retail markets (e.g., Straubs).
- Boundless opportunities exist for dietitians in foodservice establishments (e.g., Director of Food Service, Valley Park School District).
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The academic requirements for a major in dietetics prepare students for entrance into an accredited supervised practice program following graduation.
The demand for Dietetic Internship positions is currently greater than the supply, resulting in approximately one out of every two candidates from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) not obtaining an internship position. Student grade point average (GPA) appears to be the best predictor of a student’s chances of obtaining a position, with students with the highest GPAs being the most likely to obtain one. For the past three years, dietetics students at Fontbonne with a GPA > 3.5 are more likely to receive a Dietetic internship match.
If you are considering enrolling in a DPD or are a currently-enrolled DPD student, please speak to the DPD Program Director about your GPA and how it will influence matching with an internship position.